Cold comfort

WHEN more and more women with breast cancer began arriving at the Mater Hospital’s oncology unit in Sydney to face the rigours of chemotherapy carrying eskies filled with ice and strange-looking headgear, the unit’s nurse manager, Kerrie Andrews, felt it was time to act.

“These women wanted to keep their hair and had gone on the internet. They googled for options, went on to blogs and then purchased a ‘cold cap’ from overseas,” she says.

What these patients were